The Dighton Library’s Afternoon Book Discussion group is meeting on Thursday, August 31 at 4:00 to discuss Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.
From Library Journal: /* Starred Review */ Walter’s newest book (after The Financial Lives of the Poets ) will have readers checking out Richard Burton movies and Cinque Terre guidebooks after marveling at his imagination and spot-on characters. It’s 1962, and Dee Moray, an American starlet, has just fled the tumultuous Roman set of Cleopatra to hole up in a dilapidated hotel in an obscure Italian seaside village. Pasquale Tursi, the young proprietor of the Hotel Adequate View, is instantly smitten. Flash-forward 50 years. Claire, the ambitious yet practical young assistant to the once-legendary producer Michael Deane, is enduring another Wild Pitch Friday. A screenwriter desperate to sell his script (“Donner! An epic story of resiliency!”) and an older Italian man bearing Deane’s tattered business card both appear at Claire’s door. Walter expertly traces the lines among these characters, using keen wit and snappy dialog to express the theme that “life was a glorious catastrophe.” VERDICT The pop-culture references and wistful tone will please Nick Hornby fans and build Walter’s following. Not to be missed. [See Prepub Alert, 12/19/11.]— Christine Perkins, Bellingham P.L., WA –Christine Perkins (Reviewed April 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 06, p75)
Copies of the book are available at the library, and all are welcome to join the discussion. This book group typically meets on the last Thursday of every month at 4:00.